Posts from May 2020

Posts from May 2020

Man with megaphone

5/28 Weekly Update

To the Beloved Parish Family, Many of you, like me, might be interested in your genealogical roots. During this time of stay-at-home orders, I have been more careful about taking my Friday off and have spent some additional time researching my ancestry with some recent successes. (I finally have located the death certificate for one of my maternal great-grandmothers – 102 years after her death). Genealogy satisfies basic human curiosity for some of us –- it’s a curiosity that I…
Sticky Notes for News

Weekly Update 5/21

To the Beloved Parish Family, As our fast from in-person worship continues, many Episcopalians are experiencing the longest absence of the Eucharist we’ve experienced in years, even our lifetime. Most of us, I suspect, long for the Eucharist. Interestingly, this desire to receive the Eucharist reflects a significant shift in the Episcopal Church during the latter part of the twentieth century. Before the introduction of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, it was typical for churches to have a service…
Musician's Corner

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee [Musician’s Corner]

Henry J. van Dyke 1852-1933 Henry J. van Dyke was a noted author, poet, clergyman, and academician.  Following in his father’s footsteps he became a Presbyterian minister.  After twenty-seven years of ministry, he accepted a position at Princeton University as professor of English which he held for twenty-three years. In the 1910s, he became the US ambassador to the Netherlands.  He continued his writings which included over seventy books.  Written in 1907 and based on Psalm 71:1-23. The hymn Joyful,…
Diocesan Mission Statement

Special Message from Bishop Goff about church re-opening

May 13, 2020   Friends in Christ, Yesterday, I shared a letter with the full Diocese regarding a plan for phased regathering in our church buildings. In this video, I share the same details and introduce you to the four Task Group Leaders who will be helping our congregations through this process. I hope the video below will be a support, especially to clergy and vestry members as you begin planning for phased regathering in your congregation. God bless you…
What's Up In Beckford Parish?

Weekly Update 5/14

To the Beloved Community, As I write to you today, I cannot help but be reminded that sixty-five years ago today my parents were married. Recently recovered photographs of their wedding day show a couple looking forward to the future. This is my parents with my mother’s parents on their wedding day. We, too, look to the future. We look forward to the day that we regather in our church buildings, but for now I remind us all that the church…
Sticky Notes for News

5/7 Weekly Update

Dear Beloved of God, Some of you may have already read the letter that came out earlier this week in which our Bishop, as  well as the Bishops of Washington and Maryland, has begun to lay out what phased plans may look as we begin to think about a return to in-person worship. Diocesan leadership, clergy and lay, are working hard to determine when and how we can safely move forward. If you have not read this letter, you can read it…